November 07, 2011

A3u–v1–Introduction to academic writing for Arts & Social Science students – Undergraduates

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In the Name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful

On 20th October 2011, I attended a workshop, A3u- Introduction to Academic Writing for Arts and Social Science undergraduates students. I love to attend this workshop, as my lecturer, Dr.Gerard Sharpling taught us how to organise and improve our academic essay for assignments and examinations.

This workshop focuses on analysing and developing the writing skills. I joined this workshop because I want to improve my writing skills especially in academic writing as I want to gain better marks for my assignment and examinations. Besides, this is my final year and I want to gain as much knowledge as possible as a guidence before returning to Malaysia.

The four action points that I would like to take as serious improvements are :-

1) referencing - I need to apply the appropriate pharaphrasing for citation and avoid the 4 types of plagiarism by Hamp-Lyons & Courter ( 1984, pp.161-166)

2) Organisation of the essay - try to make concise introduction, main bodies ( topic sentences with supporting details) and brief conclusion.

3) review and improve the use of English grammar - I need to re-check my essay before submit it to my lecturer.

4) writing the appropriate style of academic writing - I need to use proper pronoun ( i.e. I or he/she/they) according to the essay requirements.

Gerard said that the most common problems that students often make in their essays are thesis statement, organization and presentation. The main problems are students make too many generalizations and only provide little support for the statements. So, I will add extra readings and make paraphrasing when adding the evidence from the readings.

In addition, he also taught us how to apply " Bloom Taxonamy" model in my studies. There are 6 categories involved in this model; knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. However, the most important action after getting the assignment or examination questions are understanding the title and the requirements of the essays.

I hope that I can apply these skills in my latest assignment, which are Culture and Literature subjects.

Do pray for my success :)


Aqilah 0936589

you can do it AQILAH =)

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